Friday, April 10, 2009

Tactical Products

I found an interesting site today while browsing around. It's called CJ Component Products, LLC at They have all sorts of things there that are used in the Army and such such as military communication products, tactical communication products and even tactical audio accesories. Quality is the biggest concern when buying a military handset. This company called CJ Components is registered with ISO9001 : 2000 for “Manufacture, assembly and supply of audio, radio frequency communication system and wiring components with the permitted exclusion of design and development activity” Their products meet military standards with testing and inspection performed at incoming receiving, at process of in-house manufactured components, during production assembly and to the final product.

Their tactical handsets interface with two-way radio and telephone systems. Military handsets can be incorporated with commercial radio and industrial intercom systems. They interface with most tactical radios and feature noise cancelation, special cord assemblies, push-to-talk switches and wireless options.

Lightweight handsets are ergonomically designed for easy operation with gloves and a comfortable fit under a tactical helmet. Tactical wireless handsets provide high reliability and security within a specialized magnetic field. You can customize electrical characteristics, and radio interfaces depending on your needs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Barack the Barbarian

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Apparently inspired by Barack Obama's appearance in an issue of
Spiderman, as well as the Conan stories, a company called Devils Due
Publishing is about the launch a new line of comic books featuring
Barack the Barbarian.

The first story line will be titled Barack the Barbarian and the Quest
for the Treasure of the Stimuli. Apparently the loin cloth wearing, ax
wielding, barbarian hero will be aided in his quest by Hilaria the
Sorceress, and her demigod trickster husband Bill. The Overlord Boosh
and Chainknee of the Elephant Kingdom will be featured.

Barack the Barbarian's main enemy, though, will be a sword carrying,
chain mail, wolf cloak and glasses wearing femme fatale from the
northern lands. One can only imagine who that might be.

Josh Blaylock of Devils Due is an Obama fan, so it can it is natural
that he would imagine Barack Obama as a Conan type ubermensch style
hero with Wagnerian overtones. All that it needed is a movie, likely
animated, with Carmina Burana as the sound track. Maybe John Milius
could put it together. Failing that, maybe some purveyor of violent,
Japanese anime could be found.

Depicting Barack Obama as a warrior dude is somewhat wide of the mark.
Barack Obama and sword fights just don't seem to go together. Now,
someone somewhat less enamored of Barack Obama could put something
together more suitable to the real President's persona.

Obama the Evil Overlord has usurped the throne and has made away with
the legitimate King George. There is a prophecy, though, that one that
is true of heart will free the land of Obama the Evil Overlord and
restore true freedom.

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To this end, a motley crew of adventurers go on
a quest for a sacred object that will inspire the people to revolt.
The group includes Palin, an elf huntress, Friar Huck, a cleric, two
warriors of noble birth, Lord Rush and Sir Sean, Jindal, a mysterious
traveler from the East, McCain, the aged Earl Marshal to the old King,
the wizards Mitt and Newt, and finally Arnold the Barbarian, who had
once fallen under the dark influence of Obama the Evil Overlord, but
has now (perhaps) freed himself.

Will keep Hilaria and William the Depraved as evil minions. Add to
them the Dark Witch Pelosi, the evil cleric Father Jeremiah, Lord
Harry of Reid the wicked counselor, and an army of dark, evil zombies
under the spell of Obama the Evil Overlord who dog the steps of our
heroes at every turn.

The sacred object of the quest? The Golden Megaphone that causes the
wielder to speak truth and be believed by all who hear it.

The one flaw in all of this is that the real Barack Obama has already
violated several maxims in Peters Evil Overlord List. Like number 12;
"One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws
in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before
implementation." And Number 19, "I will not have a daughter. She would
be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero's rugged
countenance and she'd betray her own father." And Number 61, "If my
advisors ask 'Why are you risking everything on such a mad scheme?', I
will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them." (Though
in Obama's defense, he might not have an advisor who has the courage
to tell him that the stimulus package is a mad scheme.)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Guiding Light Canceled by CBS

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Guiding Light is coming to the end of a very successful run, as CBS announced that the soap opera was being canceled. That Guiding Light lasted so long without being canceled was a testament to the fans of the show, and a never ending stream of producers and actors that helped the show first make the transition from radio to television, and then to succeed for many more years as a daytime drama. Guiding Light episodes will continue to run on CBS until Friday, September 18th, when the final episode of Guiding Light is set to air.

The series finale of Guiding Light should be an interesting fare for the show, as they have gone through many different plot twists over the years, and not much is left reserved for an ending. Rather than take the typical soap opera route of leaving their fans with a cliff hanger, maybe Guiding Light will take the opportunity to finish out all of their possible storylines, and actually give their characters a proper send-off. Millions still tune in to watch the show on a daily basis, but it is rumored that the low ratings could be the main culprit behind pulling Guiding Light from the CBS daily rotation.

Originally known by the moniker The Guiding Light, the daily soap opera has been on the air since it debuted back in 1952. Taking place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield, the show had centered on a middle class family and all of their trials and tribulations.

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The family had of course seen plenty of ups and downs, but evolved into a wider spectrum of character involving many different families, connections, and evolutions to keep it both interesting and intriguing to new generations of viewers. It takes a lot to keep a show going for that length of time, and along with it has come many different actors and actresses that have been in more than 200 plus episodes apiece.

It is quite a remarkable achievement that Guiding Light lasted so long on television, and even if the ratings are down a little bit (about 2.17 million per episode according to Entertainment Weekly) that is still a lot of estimated viewers. It will surely go down in history as the longest running show to ever grace television, and outside of news programs, it has a record that will basically be cast in cement for all of eternity.

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It created history for CBS, and hopefully the network will send the show out with a lot of class and respect. As was noted, the final episode of Guiding Light will air on Friday, September 18th, 2009.